Southern Baptist Convention

for week of November 5, 2017

Morning: God Provides Diverse Church Planters for a Diverse Mission Field
[Wisconsin] Southern Baptist missionary JOHN DRAPER helps church planters get new congregations started in southwest Wisconsin. One third of the state’s population, including Milwaukee, lives within the region. John is trusting God to restore a vision for planting churches that existed in the region years ago. God is proving Himself faithful by providing planters from a variety of backgrounds to plant churches in this diverse mission field. Through your church’s generous gifts given through the Cooperative Program, John can train church planters to better engage their neighbors with the good news about Jesus. Ask God to clearly communicate the need for prayer among the churches of the region.

for week of November 5, 2017

Evening: 1,000 Come to Faith after Trainings
[Sub-Saharan Africa] IMB missionaries JEFF and BARBARA SINGERMAN trained people in 250 churches in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to share their faith using stories from God’s Word. In the days and weeks after the training, people shared testimonies of how God used the trainings to grow His kingdom. One local pastor reported 60 new believers in his fellowship. Ruth, a high school student, led five classmates to Christ. Paulin, a former gangster, returned to the streets to share the gospel, resulting in 19 former gang members getting baptized. The Singermans estimate that 1,000 people came to faith after the trainings. Praise God for Cooperative Program funds that facilitated this rapid spread of the gospel.

Bible Reference & Statement: Ecclesiastes 5:10

Material things are a vital part of life, but not the most vital. Though we often measure our self-worth by what we possess, wealth itself cannot bring genuine meaning to life. Using wealth, such as giving to God through one’s church, is how wealth adds meaning to life.


for week of November 12, 2017

Morning: God’s Word and Spirit Break Through
[Central Asia] “We gave this woman a Bible and left her alone for a year,” said Christian worker MARK BRACKIN* about NILUFAR*, a Muslim mayor in Central Asia. Another worker had shared with Nilufar and seen no fruit. But when Mark visited her again, Nilufar proclaimed faith in Jesus. She began sharing with her family and distributing a Christian film. “The Word of God and the Spirit of God [were] sufficient in her life to move her,” said Mark. He thinks it is possible dozens of families in Nilufar’s valley have heard the gospel and are following Jesus. Praise God for Cooperative Program funds that sent truth to a people group that previously had no known believers.

for week of November 12, 2017

Evening: Reaching College Students in Pennsylvania and South Jersey
[Pennsylvania] As the director of collegiate ministries for the Baptist Resource Network of Pennsylvania/South Jersey, ROBERT TURNER pro- vides leadership for collegiate ministries throughout the region. To do this, Robert enlists and leads a team of collegiate ministers throughout Pennsylvania and South Jersey. He also works with churches and church planters to help them better impact college students in their commu- nities. Your giving through the Cooperative Program helps Robert train and mentor collegiate ministry leaders. Please pray that Robert and his team will be sensitive to the Holy Spirit as they seek strategies that are effective in connecting with today’s college students.

Bible Reference & Statement: Mark 6:7-10

On this journey the Twelve depended completely on the generosity of the believers. Our missionaries try to work full time in sharing the gospel. Your faithful giving and your church’s giving through the Cooperative Program help to make this possible.


for week of November 19, 2017

Morning: Royal Ambassador Grows up to Plant a Church in Virginia
[Virginia] As a Royal Ambassador, KENNY BRITTON grew up with an understanding of the significance of missions. Kenny had never considered becoming a church planter until leaders at the church where he was serving as a children’s pastor asked him to lead a new church planting endeavor. Throughout 2015, Kenny laid the groundwork for the new church in Prince William County, Va., by gathering a core team. Your gifts given through the Cooperative Program help to provide for Kenny’s family as he tells people about Jesus. Pray that Kenny and his team will continue to grow spiritually as they serve Jesus.

for week of November 19, 2017

Evening: Cuba’s First International Missionaries
[South America] Christian worker JOHNNY MAUST helped baptize six new believers in Ecuador’s ocean alongside one of Cuba’s first international missionaries. During the Cubans’ six-month term, they led 20 to faith in Christ. Johnny and his wife, Donna, hope Cuba will send several more couples because there is a need for Spanish-speaking, long-term church planters to help locals reach spiritual maturity. “It would transform this area,” said Johnny, “and I think it would also motivate the Ecuadorians. They would say, ‘Hey, if these guys can do that, why can’t we do that?’” Praise God for missionaries funded through the Cooperative Program and who equip believers from many nations to share the gospel.

Bible Reference & Statement: Psalm 24:1-4

The psalmist affirms that God’s ownership is established through Creation. We did not create the world, nor do we own anything, but we are responsible to care for God’s world. In doing what we can do, we have a channel for honoring God and serving other people.


for week of November 26, 2017

Morning: Syrian Refugees Depending on God in Difficulty
[Central Asia] After months of Bible studies with Christian workers DAVE and CAROL BRANSON*, seven Syrian refugees made the decision to follow Christ. The new believers reached out to other refugees and met seven other families who also wanted to study the Bible. The group is now learning to pray and depend on God through the difficulties they face. Their employers demand long hours and cheat them of their wages. Local school children hit and ostracize the refugee children. But through the Cooperative Program, hurting people are receiving hope. The women told Carol they rejoice as refugees because through those trials they found the truth.

for week of November 26, 2017

Evening: Professor Ignites a Passion for Church Planting in Future Planter
[South Carolina] JEREMY SPARKS wanted nothing to do with church ministry when he re-committed his life to Christ. But as a student at Colorado Christian University, a professor challenged his distaste for the church with a question: “What are you going to do about it?” As he reflected upon those words, God ignited a passion for church planting. Today Jeremy is planting Heritage Fellowship in Clinton, S.C. Jeremy thanks you for your gifts given through the Cooperative Program and asks you to pray that the Lord will strengthen the church’s leadership. He also asks you to pray for numerous broken marriages within the church.

Bible Reference & Statement: 2 Corinthians 9:11-12,15

It is right to be thankful for the many blessings we receive. God is good to us. We should also be thankful for the opportunity to give. As we thankfully give to God through our church, we will experience much joy.